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I feel so complex about this given the pandemic, but I’ve not been grabbed, pulled or shoved by a stranger in nearly 3 weeks.

I’ve only been touched consensually by a loved one.

My body feels like it belongs to me again, instead of being public property. #JustAskDontGrab
Honestly I don’t expect people to respect my boundaries as a blind person in public after this.

If anything I worry that non disabled people might be very over eager to “help”, especially given the recent negative language about disability as vulnerability.
It’s so complicated, obviously I also feel constant traumatic terror for my disabled friends in an ableist healthcare system...

But I think part of me will cherish this time as a period when my body & my boundaries were my own, & each day of freedom from the hands of strangers.
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This afternoon the inevitable happened. I had an accident in my wheelchair, whilst walking my dog, because a walker didn’t keep a safe distance. Lots of people offered to help - which I had to refuse - because social distancing. I haven’t felt so vulnerable for a long time. 1/8
We are both ok and not hurt, but we were in an unsafe position for 10 minutes or so whilst we waited for my husband to come and help. All because someone didn’t simply step out of the way. I tried to put as much distance between us as possible 2/8
And by doing so I misjudged the kerb (the joy of #CerebralPalsy and spatial awareness). I ended up with the front half of my wheelchair in the road, my dog in the road, and the back half of my wheelchair stuck on the kerb thanks to my anti-tip wheels 3/8
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Yesterday my cane tapped a pram blocking the tactile pavement at a pedestrian crossing.

Two people shouted at me & one tried to grab my cane out of my hand.

I pulled back & shouted “don’t grab me! Just move!”

Never ever touch a white cane, it’s my eyes! #JustAskDontGrab
The same exactly thing happened this morning, walking along the platform, & my white cane caught someone’s feet.

Their first reaction?

To grab my cane holding arm & yank it hard. Again I shouted “DON’T grab me!”

Why do people do this?! Why do they grab the thing that helps!
It’s simple, don’t touch disabled people’s mobility aids.

You don’t know what you’re doing. It’s specialist equipment, used with experience & training.

It is basically NEVER helpful to grab a white cane, wheelchair or service animal.

It will hurt someone or break something.
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Here's my latest* update to my vetted collection of Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness hashtags. Please share it!

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This collection is current as of 01.30.20, previous Twitter update 09.11.19.

There's a PDF version coming up this weekend, to be posted to my Kofi profile. I'll add the link toward the end when it goes up, after the questions, where you can also sign up for email updates.
This version has added

- community suggestions,
- mental health hashtags,
- Medical crowdfunding hashtags,
- and a section for cancer-related hashtags.
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Here’s my latest update to the list of Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags.

- previous update 02.24.19 -

Please share it! Thank you. :-)

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There will be a PDF version up for download on my Ko-fi, likely tomorrow morning. The link is at the end.
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These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also good for crowdsourcing solutions.

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I’m visually impaired & use a white cane.

I was sat on the tube putting my backpack on. Suddenly a man grabbed my bag & shoulder.

I shouted “woah! what are you doing?” I thought he was stealing my bag.

He then verbally abused me for 5 mins because he wanted to “help me”.
Me: what are you doing?! Get off.
Him: I’m helping you!
Me: don’t touch me.
Him: I saw your stick I’m helping you with your bag.
Me: I thought you were stealing it! How was I to know!
Him: this train is packed with 100 people I wanted to help you!
Me: why didn’t you ask!
Him: I was just going to help you! (His tone got increasingly aggressive by this point)
Him: this train is packed! I was going to help you.
Me: I do this every day. Don’t touch people or their possessions without ASKING!

He started muttering.
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Here's my latest update to my collection of active Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags - previous update 12.13.18.

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Portable PDF version will appear on my Kofi in the next day or so.


These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also helpful for crowdsourcing solutions.

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I've seen the #BirdBoxChallenge all over social media lately. As someone with low vision and a blindness cane user, it worries me to see many unsafe and inaccurate videos about doing tasks with no vision. Here is a thread on safe and positive alternatives to the viral challenge
I'm not actually offended by the Bird Box Challenge itself. I like the idea of people learning about life without sight. What I don't like is that many of the activities can easily lead to injury or perpetuate harmful stereotypes. Now, let's get started with our alternatives!
1. Use a screen reader to navigate technology

How would you use your smart devices without eyes? Try enabling a screen reader to find out. iOS users can turn on VoiceOver and Android can use TalkBack.

For Windows, press ctrl-windows-n and for Mac press command-F5
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Here's my lastest update Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags - previous update 10.17.18

Please share it.
I'll have a PDF version of this for download on my Ko-fi by this time tomorrow. Link at the end.

These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also good for crowdsourcing solutions.

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CW Disability Hate Crime / Threat of violence

At a pedestrian crossing.
Me: can I get to the box please?
Man: there’s a road.
Me: (sarcastically)Yes I know there’s a road.
The signal sounded so I started to cross.
Man: Next time I’ll push you in front of a fucking car.

On the other side of the road.
Me: Sorry what did you say?

I then had to listen to a 5 minute tirade from this man. He blocked my path & wasn't going to let me leave until he'd finished lecturing me. He lectured me about how ungrateful I was & how he was only trying to help. 2/?
He berated me because he was being kind, he wanted to make sure I was safe. When I explained that I knew there was a road, there is tactile paving, I was asking for access to the box so that I could cross safely, he just shouted at me for not being "polite". 3/?
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